Earlier within the week, three nights earlier than Baylor took the court docket Friday in South Dakota, Scott Drew’s Bears allowed Marquette to shoot 58.3% from the sector in a 96-70 loss that raised actual considerations about their protection and frontcourt depth. It was a troubling improvement contemplating up subsequent was a neutral-court showdown with Gonzaga, which ranks No. 1 in adjusted offensive effectivity, in response to KenPom.com, and is led by Drew Timme, arguably one of the best frontcourt scorer within the nation.
Would the Zags additionally shoot above 50%?
Would Timme get 25-plus factors?
These had been affordable inquiries to ask upfront of tipoff. However then tipoff got here and went, Baylor seemed like a unique crew defensively just about from the bounce, Timme struggled to get something going, and the Bears closed on an 8-0 run within the last 93 seconds to upset the Zags 64-63.
Gonzaga solely shot 36.1% from the sector towards Baylor. Timme was restricted to a season-low 9 factors. He completed with extra fouls (5) than subject objectives (three). It was a powerful effort from Baylor.
So now the Bears are as much as No. 13 in Saturday morning’s up to date CBS Sports activities Prime 25 And 1 each day faculty basketball rankings. Gonzaga is right down to No. 14. And since I do not need Baylor forward of the Marquette crew that simply smoked the Bears, nor do I would like Marquette forward of the Mississippi State crew that is undefeated with a win over the Golden Eagles, I’ve made Mississippi State and Marquette No. 11 and No. 12, respectfully, within the Prime 25 And 1. All that motion, mixed with Maryland leaping to No. 10 after Friday evening’s 71-66 win over Illinois that pushed the Terrapins to 8-0 with three victories over top-45 KenPom groups, prompted Kentucky, Arizona, Tennessee, Kansas, Duke and Iowa State to all be pushed down 4 spots every, no fault of their very own.
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